Visual art objects and performances speak in their own terms, bringing something of the context of their creation into the context of their viewers. In doing so they mix up categories, giving us fresh ways to understand our circumstances. I have always gravitated to visual arts because I seek to comprehend relationships both large and small, both political and personal and artworks tell us so much. Learning from art expands my world. In my pursuit I have roles as Associate Professor at Drake University, KFMG radio host for “Artists on Art,” and, as much as possible, world traveller. I enjoy each opportunity to meet with local and international artists who form a nebulous and always changing artworld network, located most frequently under the radar of the Mega-Art-World of high finance. But whether acknowledged within the most visible art world of international museums or struggling to find gallery representation, the artists I am drawn to are discerning, invested and concerned about the current state of affairs. Their works improve the quality of discourse in the world. I am fortunate to have a path that allows me to meet such thoughtful people and to participate in disseminating their work.
This is not separate from my family life. My understanding of visual culture and the knowledge it gives me enters into it and is in turn informed by my family. The constant intertwining of the near and the (once) far.
Together they help me determine my values and priorities among which the most important are empathy and activism.